Sunday, October 10, 2010
Braille Weapon Aid Review
Label- Syntax Records
Braille: system of writing for the blind that uses characters made up of raised dots.
Weapon: something used to injure, defeat or destroy or s means of contending against another.
Aid: to give assistance or provide with what is useful to achieve an end.
2010: the year we’re in at the moment
Bryan Winchester: this cool dude from Portland, Oregon, father, rapper servant of Jesus Christ.
Vintage: possessing quality, akin to being classic, superior
Sigh… forgive my apparent rant by text as you wonder what the vocabulary lesson is about. The words I’ve just defined seem unrelated; only if you’ve not heard Braille’s 2010 offering and nice follow up to 2009’s Cloudnineteen. Weapon Aid is pure hip hop, infused with the type of quality that’ll be felt by even the few alive who are unschooled in hip hop. Braille has often made the genre something that has texture, something that comes alive, something you can relate to whether you’re a guy like me in faraway Africa or a down under in Australia.
Weapon Aid is a 10 track offering (and Braille’s 6th studio album) that had just one feature (theBreax) leaving us with the opportunity of enjoying Braille’s potent lyricism to the fullest. songs like “Revenge (The Right Way)” and “Up” are five star offerings that’ll be here for a long time (archeologists from the future take note). “Poison”, “Thinking Shoes”, “Complexicated”, “Nothing Left to Say” and “Give Myself” (a wonderful love song) contribute to this vintage mix of great tracks. Braille on each one asserts himself as that emcee you know you should listen to and he does it with great humility. The beats on the album make your ears happy and that’s the sort of thing we’ve come to expect from Braille. Ranging from heavy synths to organs and heavy guitar riffs to the customary live drums; it’s the kind of production that gets you breaking out in goose bumps and the like.
This album is so good you can use it to silence that annoying neigbour of yours who keeps taking cheap shots at Christian rap (in this day and age?) even though what’s bumping in his music player is obviously garbage (content wise, production wise and otherwise). I give it a 4.5 without flinching except that I think it even deserves a higher rating. If you haven’t heard it already why not listen and try to prove me wrong if you can.
P.S. check out the album art and leave a comment if you can figure it out. That’s how deep it gets…